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Stories by Beth Accomando

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King Hu's 'Dragon Inn' Gets Gorgeous 4K Restoration

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The 1967 classic had major influence on the martial arts genre. A stunning restoration showcases Taiwanese cinema in all its glory.

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The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare Comes To San Diego

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Without the First Folio, "Macbeth," "Antony and Cleopatra" and other Shakespearean plays might not exist today.

Podcast Episode 75: San Diego To Broadway

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Cinema Junkie serves up two archive interviews featuring Steve Martin and George Takai, both of whom have musicals currently on Broadway that premiered at the Old Globe Theatre.

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Turkish Horror Film 'Baskin' Takes You To Hell

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Last year the Turkish film "Mustang" garnered an Academy Award nomination. This year the Turkish film "Baskin" (opening May 13 at Digital Gym Cinema) is getting a lot of attention. It’s unlikely to catch Oscar’s eye but it’s winning over midnight movie crowds.

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La Jolla Playhouse Hosts World Premiere Of 'Hollywood,' A Tinseltown Murder Tale

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After collaborating for the acclaimed "Memphis," playwright Joe Di Pietro and director Christopher Ashley are teaming up again for a play about a scandalous 1920s Tinseltown murder.

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'Great Scott' Gets West Coast Premiere At San Diego Opera

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Jake Heggie's new work explores what goes into producing an opera, poking fun at the genre with a wink at technical challenges and backstage melodrama.

Podcast Episode 74: Saints, Cinemas And The TCM Film Festival

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Cinema Junkie takes you on a pilgrimage to mecca, also known as the TCM Film Festival.

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'Civil War' Gets Right What 'Batman V Superman' Got Wrong

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First it was “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” now it’s Avengers fighting Avengers as Marvel serves up “Captain America: Civil War” (opening May 6 throughout San Diego). But what DC got wrong Marvel gets right.

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'Green Room' Serves Up Claustrophobic Horror

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Hollywood knows the fascination inherent in casting against type. So seeing Patrick Stewart go from Starfleet captain to neo-Nazi is a key attraction in the new film "Green Room" (opening April 29 in select San Diego theaters).

Podcast Episode 73: Monsterpalooza 2016

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Monsterpalooza, a convention celebrating the art of movie monsters, has grown so big that it has moved from the Burbank Marriott to the Pasadena Convention Center. Cinema Junkie checks in with some of the people at the convention.

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LanDiego State 5 Expected To Bring Hundreds Of Gamers To SDSU For Tournament

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San Diego State will play host Saturday to hundreds of gamers for LanDiego State 5. But San Diego is also host to a growing fighting game community.

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San Diego Asian Film Festival's Spring Showcase Starts On Positive Note

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Pac-Arts and the San Diego Asian Film Festival host the annual Spring Showcase April 28 through May 5 at the UltraStar Mission Valley. Here's a preview.

Podcast Episode 72: Hollywood, Scandal And Will Hays

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The 1922 murder of silent film director William Desmond Taylor inspired playwright Joe DiPietro to write "Hollywood," which has its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in May. Cinema Junkie gets an early behind the scenes look at the play in progress.

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'The Messenger' Documents Threats To Songbird Population

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The documentary "The Messenger" (opening April 22 at the Digital Gym Cinema) states that once we believed birds were messengers between humans and the supernatural or divine — and birds still have something to tell us.

Podcast Episode 71: Crew Call With Film Editor Alan Heim

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Academy Award-winning film editor Alan Heim was at Groovy Like a Movie for a San Diego Filmmakers event on April 12. Cinema Junkie sits down with the veteran craftsman for a master class in how to cut a film.

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'Brave New Wild' Explores Lifestyle Choices Of Rock Climbers

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UCSD grads Oakley Anderson-Moore and Alexander Reinhard hold the San Diego premiere of their new documentary "Brave New Wild" at the Ken Cinema on April 19. It's all about what makes people want to climb seemingly unscalable rocks.

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San Diego Opera Makes 'Madama Butterfly' Fresh

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Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" is one of the most popular and most often performed operas. San Diego Opera's production promises to bring something new to the classic.

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It's 'Mr. Right' But Ms. Wrong

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In “Mr. Right,” which opened Friday at Arclight Cinemas in La Jolla, Sam Rockwell plays a hit man who develops a conscience and starts to kill the people who hire him. What could possibly go wrong … go wrong … go wrong?

Podcast Episode 70: The Trash Cinema Of John Waters

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FilmOut San Diego is screening John Waters' 1977 film "Desperate Living" at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Museum of Photographic Arts. The perfect excuse to dust off a 1997 archive interview.

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'Hardcore Henry' Delivers Grade A Fix For Action Junkies

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The new film “Hardcore Henry” (opening April 8 in select San Diego theaters) has been touted as the first ever GoPro point-of-view movie where audiences are in the shoes of a man fighting for his life.

Podcast Episode 69: Mexican Cinema, Old And New

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Cinema Junkie speaks with a veteran filmmaker and a newcomer whose works were featured in this month's San Diego Latino Film Festival.

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New Film 'Remember' Is Unforgettable

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The film "Remember" closed the San Diego Jewish Film Festival in February. Now it returns for a limited run at The Lot in La Jolla starting April 1.

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Ken Cinema Hosts Another Week Of Classics

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The Ken Cinema kicks off another week of classic films on Friday, April 1 (no fooling!) and you can find everything from the Bard to bawdy humor.

Podcast 68: WonderCon 2016 And Comic-Con HQ

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WonderCon 2016 took place over the weekend in Los Angeles, and KPBS' Beth Accomando took advantage of the event to talk with Seth Laderman of Comic-Con HQ and Ted Adams of IDW Publishing.

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Doing The Time Warp With 'The Rocky Horror Show'

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More than two decades ago, Sean Murray put on a corset and fishnets to play Dr. Frank-N-Furter at the San Diego Rep. Now he directs a new production of "The Rocky Horror Show" at Cygnet Theatre.

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'Bleak Street' Gets Encore Engagement After San Diego Latino Film Festival Screening

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“Bleak Street (La calle de la amargura)” screened at the San Diego Latino Film Festival last week and now it’s playing at the Digital Gym Cinema so more people will have a chance to see this great film.

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Get A Full-Body Workout And Defy Gravity At Tempest Freerunning Academy

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Tired of boring workouts? Then try Tempest Freerunning Academy in Vista for a full body workout that includes parkour, free running and defying gravity.

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Cinema Under The Stars Presents 'The Big Short'

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Last month "The Big Short" won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay. If you missed the film when it opened last year you can catch it this weekend at Cinema Under the Stars.

Podcast Episode 67: Stand Up For Stunts

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"Mad Max: Fury Road" was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar this year and took home more awards than any other film, but none of the stunt people received any recognition from the Academy. Stuntman Jeff Wolfe talks about a rally and petition to get an Oscar category for stunts.

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Comic-Con Video Service To Open Access Yet Reserve Exclusivity

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On Monday, Comic-Con International and Lionsgate unveiled launch plans for Comic-Con HQ, its newly named subscription video on demand platform.

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San Diego Museum Of Man Serves Up New Exhibit On Cannibals

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The San Diego Museum of Man hopes its new exhibit, Cannibals: Myth and Reality, will challenge visitors and maybe even push them out of their comfort zone in order to reconsider a taboo topic such as cannibalism from new angles.

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Terrence Malick's 'Knight Of Cups' Offers Transcendent Visual Storytelling

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Terrence Malick has won acclaim for films as diverse as “Days of Heaven,” “The Thin Red Line” and “The Tree of Life.” His new film “Knight of Cups” (opening March 11 at Landmark’s Hillcrest Cinemas and Angelika Film Center) will likely please his devoted fans and confuse everyone else.

Podcast 66: Extreme Latin Cinema

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Masked wrestlers, nunsploitation, monsters, and San Diego Latino Film Festival's Un Mundo Extraño — Cinema Junkie looks to extreme Latin cinema with Horrible Imaginings' Miguel Rodriguez.

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San Diego Latino Film Festival Kicks Off 23rd Year

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The 23rd annual San Diego Latino Film Festival kicks off Thursday with a trio of films, as well as an opening night concert and party.

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'The Wave' Serves Up A Norwegian-Style Disaster Film

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When it comes to disaster movies, California has its earthquakes, the Midwest has its twisters, and Norway has rockslides into the fjord. "The Wave" (opening March 4 at Landmark's Ken Cinema) serves up an art house disaster movie.

Podcast Episode 65: TCM's March Spotlight Series Condemned

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Turner Classic Movies launches its March spotlight program, Condemned, a look at more than four decades of censorship, the Catholic Legion of Decency, and the film industry.

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TCM Launches Monthly Spotlight Series Called 'Condemned'

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What do “Queen Christina,” “From Russia With Love,” and “The Odd Couple” all have in common? They all so offended the Catholic Church that they received the dreaded “C” rating for condemned.

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San Diego Opera Favorite Ferruccio Furlanetto Performs In Concert

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Italian bass and San Diego Opera favorite Ferruccio Furlanetto returns to San Diego Opera for his first American concert on Saturday, March 5 at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center.

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Crime Thriller 'Triple 9' Moves To A Tense Beat

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The new film "Triple 9" (opened Feb. 26 throughout San Diego) serves up a gritty crime thriller with a score by Nine Inch Nails' Atticus Ross.

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Chris Rock Rocked The Oscars

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The 88th Academy Awards were held last night amidst calls for boycotts over the lack of black nominees. But African American host Chris Rock did not boycott and the Academy owes him a huge debt of gratitude.

Podcast Episode 64: Paying Tribute To Hammer Horror

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For almost two decades, starting in the late 1950s, you could count on Hammer Films for breathtakingly lurid Gothic horror tales that served up vampires, werewolves, monsters and luscious ladies. British author Antony Earnshaw talks about the studio and it legacy for the launch of a yearlong film series Get Hammered at the Digital Gym Cinema.

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'Get Hammered' Serves Up A Full Flight Of Hammer Horror

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If you grew up in the 1960s and '70s then Hammer Films might have given you your first cinematic scare. Get Hammered is a yearlong monthly film series at the Digital Gym Cinema dedicated to Hammer Horror. Here’s a preview.

Podcast Episode 63: Oscar Nominee 'The Look Of Silence'

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Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer talks about making documentaries from a subjective point of view in "The Act of Killing" and "The Look of Silence," which is up for a Best Documentary Oscar this Sunday.

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Special San Diego Screenings Of Oscar-Nominated Documentary 'The Look Of Silence'

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"The Look of Silence" is up for a Best Documentary Oscar. Filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer will be at UCSD Monday night and SDSU on Tuesday, Feb. 23, to discuss the film, one of the best from last year.

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'The Witch' Conjures Up A Puritan Nightmare

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"The Witch" (opened Feb. 19 throughout San Diego) won a best directing award at Sundance last year for first-time director Robert Eggers. It was well-deserved.

Podcast Episode 62: Director Robert Eggers On 'The Witch'

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This year is off to a good start with "Bone Tomahawk" and "The Witch" (now playing throughout San Diego) serving up well-crafted horror tales that challenge expectations about the genre.

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'Bone Tomahawk' Delivers A Slow-Burn Horror Western

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“Bone Tomahawk” finally gets its San Diego premiere on Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Digital Gym Cinema.

Podcast Episode 61: S. Craig Zahler On Ramping Up 'Bone Tomahawk'

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"Bone Tomahawk" gets a one-time screening in San Diego on Feb. 21 at the Digital Gym Cinema. Writer-director S. Craig Zahler talks about ramping up his slow-burn horror western.

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San Diego Opera Presents 'Tosca'

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Love, villainy, murder — that's right, it’s opera season and passions are running high in San Diego Opera’s "Tosca." The opera has three remaining performances and will be broadcast on KPBS FM Saturday night.

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Love Is A Battlefield With Intrepid Theatre's 'Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?'

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Love has been called a battlefield and one savage example of that can be found in Edward Albee’s play "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Intrepid Theatre's production is calling on a married acting couple to play Albee’s famously combative George and Martha.